“A Night at the Louvre: Leonardo da Vinci” Documentary-watching Session

A group of S2 History and Visual Arts students attended the “A Night at the Louvre: Leonardo da Vinci” documentary-watching session on 6th May, 2021 at YOHO Cinema in Yuen Long. The activity was held jointly by the History Department and the Visual Arts Department. In the activity, students learned to appreciate the art and sciences promoted by Leonardo da Vinci, and to comprehend the great legacy he left behind for the modern world.With the professional narrative of two commentators in the documentary, students could understand da Vinci’s meticulous and creative painting techniques. Da Vinci’s ideals helped found artistic “realism” – he pioneered in depicting human bodies as realistically as possible by studying human anatomy. His works not only influenced modern painters, but also showed how science and visual arts can go hand-in-hand.
Through documentaries, students can understand History more accurately. Moving pictures also help stimulate students’ minds and make the learning process more interesting. History cannot only be learnt through textbooks and words, but also through different media such as paintings, movies and documentaries. With a much more in-depth understanding of the Renaissance, students can better appreciate the greatness of historical figures and their actions. Students are also encouraged to seek how history can relate to their daily lives. It is important for students to learn and appreciate how historical human efforts have created the world we know today.